We operate in Libya in the Exploration & Production and Gas & Power sectors. Recently, a significant gas and condensate discovery in offshore Libya was announced, the proximity of which to existing infrastructure will facilitate rapid development. The future development of natural gas resources in Libya will support the growth of domestic and industrial consumption, enabling the country to maintain is role as a strategic supplier for Italy and Europe.

Exploration & Production

Eni started operations in Libya in 1959. Production activity is carried out in the Mediterranean Sea near Tripoli and in the Libyan Desert area, over a developed and undeveloped acreage of 26,635 square kilometers (13,294 square kilometers net to Eni). Exploration and development activities include six contract areas.
Onshore contract areas are:
(i) Area A consisting in the former concession 82 (Eni’s interest 50%);
(ii) Area B, former concessions 100 (Bu Attifel field) and the NC 125 Block (Eni’s interest 50%);
(iii) Area E with El Feel (Elephant) field (Eni’s interest 33.3%); and
(iv) Area F with Block 118 (Eni’s interest 50%).
Offshore contract areas are:
(i) Area C with the Bouri oil field (Eni’s interest 50%); and
(ii) Area D with Blocks NC 41 and NC 169 (onshore) that feed the Western Libyan Gas Project (Eni’s interest 50%).
In the exploration phase, Eni is operator of four onshore blocks in the Kufra area (186/1, 2, 3 & 4) and in the onshore contract Areas A, B and offshore Area D.
In recent years, Eni’s production levels in Libya were negatively impacted by an internal revolution and a change of regime in 2011, which led to a prolonged period of political and social instability characterized by acts of local conflict, social unrest, protests, strikes and other similar events. Those political development forced Eni to temporarily interrupt or reduce its producing activities, until the situation began to stabilize. In 2015, Eni’s facilities in Libya produced on average 365 kboe/d, returned to levels not seen from the outbreak of the civil war. In case of major unfavorable geopolitical developments in Libya including but not limited to, a resurgence of civil war, renewed internal tensions, civil disorder or any other outbreak of violence, we could be forced to shut down our operations and interrupt production which could significantly and negatively affect our results of operations, cash flow and business prospects.
Exploration and production activities in Libya are regulated by six Exploration and Production Sharing contracts (EPSA). The licenses of Eni’s assets in Libya expire in 2042 and 2047 for oil and gas properties, respectively.
In January 2015, Eni and the State company NOC signed an agreement that ensures during the 2015-2018 four-year period the sale of the associated gas to the production of the Bu Attifel oilfield in the contractual area B.
Development activities in the contractual area D concerned:
(i) the linkage and the start-up of three infilling wells, in addition to the activity of production optimization at the Wafa field; and
(ii) the start-up of the second development phase of the Bahr Essalam field by means of the start-up of drilling campaign and the award of EPC contract for the construction of linkage subsea facility to the onshore treatment plans.

Exploration activities near-field yielded positive results in the contractual area D, with gas and condensates discoveries:
(i) in the offshore Bahr Essalam South exploration prospect, nearby to the Bahr Essalam production field; and
(ii) in the offshore Bouri North exploration prospect, nearby to the Bouri production field. These discoveries confirm the high mineral potential of the natural gas resources still present in the Country.

Gas & Power

The gas activities are performed through the Green Stream pipeline for the import of Libyan gas produced at the Eni operated fields of Bahr Essalam and Wafa . The pipeline is 520-kilometer long with a transport capacity of 8 bcm/y crossing the Mediterranean Sea from Mellitah on the Libyan coast to Gela in Sicily, the point of entry into the Italian natural gas transport system. The capacity of the pipeline amounts to approximately 8 billion cubic meters / year. The supply of natural gas in Libya in 2015 amounted to 7.25 billion cubic meters (+0.59 billion cubic meters compared to 2014).

Offices & contacts

Exploration & Production
Eni North Africa B.V. (Filiale)
Dahra Building

Gas & Power
Mellitah Oil & Gas B.V.
Dat El Imad Complex
P.O. Box 91651

Read also

Eni’s sustainability projects in Libya

Sustainability is a key issue for us in Libya from the protection of the artistic heritage to health.
Back to top